Chief Executive Officer
As a student at Cornell University, Bill Nye the Science Guy was introduced to the wonders of astronomy in a class taught by Carl Sagan himself, one of the original founders of The Planetary Society. So for Nye, it was like coming full circle to join the Society’s Board of Directors, then become the organization’s Vice-president, and now its first Chief Executive Officer.
Nye’s mission for many years has been to turn on the public in general, and kids in particular, to the “way cool” wonders of science. Scientist, comedian, teacher, and author, Nye became a household name with his innovative, fast-paced television series, Bill Nye the Science Guy. His latest TV program, 100 Greatest Discoveries, airs in eight installments on the Science Channel.
Nye earned a degree in mechanical engineering at Cornell University and spent several years working as an engineer until he combined his dual love of science and comedy to create the Science Guy.
Born in Washington, D.C., he has a seminal childhood memory of flying a rubber band-powered airplane and figuring out how make it turn left. It was the start of his life-long love of airplanes and spacecraft. After graduating from Cornell University, Nye worked for the Boeing Corporation for the next three years. He continued to work as a consulting engineer on various projects in the 1980s, with clients that included the U.S. Department of Justice.
Nye's career took a different path in 1986 when he originated Bill Nye the Science Guy on KJR Radio in Seattle, Washington. He was also the writer and talent for Almost Live, a television comedy show produced by KING Television, Seattle, for which he won 13 local Emmy awards for writing and performing. From 1992 to 1998, Nye was the writer, producer and talent for the Emmy award-winning Bill Nye the Science Guy TV series co-produced by Buena Vista Television (Disney) and KCTS (Seattle public television).
Nye has authored several books, including his latest: Bill Nye The Science Guy's Great Big Book of Tiny Germs.
Additionally, he cannot help but encourage everyone to join the Planetary Society and support the cause of space exploration.
Latest Planetary Radio Appearance
02/04/2014 | 38:52
Our celebration of the Mars rovers continues from Southern California Public Radio’s Crawford Family Forum, this week featuring planetary scientist and author Jim Bell, Curiosity Project Scientist John Grotzinger, JPL Mars Engineering Manager Rob Manning and Planetary Society CEO Bill Nye. Emily takes us to Curiosity’s latest find on the red planet, and Bruce Betts joins Mat to gaze at the night sky and give away ISS-Above, the little device that tells you when the International Space Station is overhead.
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Posted 2014/03/25 08:31 CDT | 1 comments
You may have heard or read that the Planetary Society recently received the largest gift in its history. It will revolutionize the Society. In the next few weeks will be able to hire a number of new people, who will help us realize our potential and, as I so often remark, change the world.
Posted 2014/03/07 07:44 CST | 11 comments
Last week, my fellow Board Member Neil deGrasse Tyson and I were invited to be presenters at the first edition of the White House Film Festival. Neil asked the President if we could take a selfie with him. In those few moments, the President, Neil, and I spoke about science and space exploration.